An apology

May 2nd Profile

I would like to apologize, and explain, my absence from my blog over the last 10 days.  After getting a reaction to an insect bite ( possibly from a white-tail spider) I had to get medical attention. I was fortunate to be able to get assistance at my local medical center , and after IV antibiotics and daily dressing changes I am pleased to say it looks like it is healing now . I have had to rest and allow my body to fight the staph infection which meant less time, and enthusiasm for being online.

We all say RL first, and it is definitely easy to acknowledge the importance of looking after ourselves, but that doesn’t stop the disappointment and feelings of letting people down. I had planned on blogging Fantasy Faire 2016 ( which ended May 1st) but apart from an initial post, I was unable to do so. As well as this many of the stores that I blog for regularly have released very exciting items, and I will be making efforts to get back into blogging and sharing regularly again.

So this short post is an acknowledgement of the support of all of the designers and event managers who have provided opportunities and items for me to incorporate in my blogging. Thank you all.

For my readers, regular visitors, and friends, this Thank you is to you, I look forward to continuing to share my blog.

 

Welcome one and all

Fantasy Faire is open

Across a thousand miles of sea, a hundred leagues of land,
Along a path I had not traced and could not understand,
I travelled fast and far for this, — to take thee by the hand.

[Arrival – by Henry Van Dyke , source : http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/arrival-3/ ]

Welcome one and all, the magical, mystical portals to the Fantasy Faire are open. Fairelands Junction: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairelands%20Junction/80/132/41

Maya of Moonhollow gown, The White Armory with Prue headpiece, Belle Epoque @ Fantasy Faire 2016

 

Click over to my Fantasy Faire 2016 Album to see some scenic shots from the current event:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/serenitycouerblanc/albums/72157667297954741

Details:

Fantasy Faire items: Maya of Moonhollow Gown – Mystery ( The White Armory), Prue headpiece, Belle Epoque

Wearing Gwen mesh head ( Catwa), Salma skin applier ( Lara Hurley), Monica hair (Tableau Vivant), eyes by Ikon

Photo taken on Bright Haven Sim at Fantasy Faire.

You will find The White Armory at Fantasy Faire, located on the Dangarnon, while you will find Belle Epoque on the Breeze sim.

Fantasy Faire 2016

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Fantasy Faire is mere hours away from opening it’s magical portals once more. Today I was fortunate enough to slip in as part of a Blogger Preview Day whilst the designers were putting their final touches in place. Every year the creators of the environments astound me with their  skill in creating an entirely new world that is entirely believable in having life exist within it; whether it be fantastical magical plants and insects , intriguing pixies and fae, intimidating beasts and demons, elusive merfolk,  or the small folk and teenies .

As the event doesn’t open until 9am on the 21st April, we have been instructed not to share pictures of the Fairelands themselves ( afterall the portals have not yet fully stabilized). But trust me there is much to see and I photographed so many scenes that I will be kept busy for the rest of the month sharing these plus examples of the wonderful exclusives being released at this special event. More information about the Fantasy Faire can be found here: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/.

In previous years I have woven complex stories linking the different sims, however this year I have decided to set a smaller task for myself. I will still share my love of fantasy with some story telling, plus writing for the Faire challenges : Faire Folk, My New Shiny, I Remember and Why I Relay. I will be blogging a mixture of clothing and decor, plus a few body enhancements ( skins and hair) and I will be sharing a collection of photos that I have captured around the fairegrounds.

So as I cannot yet show you current Fantasy Faire images I will share a couple photos from past Faires.

2015

Rose petal

2014

Assasin 1

Click over to my Flickr Album for a few photos of just scenery from the Fantasy Faire sims 2015 : https://www.flickr.com/photos/serenitycouerblanc/albums/72157665104827973.

A New Dawn

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It is my time I have woken with the decision to move forward, reaching for the next level. The inspiration for my brand is to sell quality clothes, applying myself to present each item in the very best way possible. ( Keith Ferguson quoted from Diversity interview).

Nouvelle Aube translates to a New Dawn, and the dawn of the 23rd April sees the sun rise on this new store.

The opening is being celebrated in style with a fashion show coinciding with the launch of this new fashion line. Owner and designer Keith Ferguson is excited to introduce a modern range of clothing for men and women. I don’t want to spoil the build up for this unveiling so I am only sharing the above “teaser image” , created using images from fashion shoots with photographer Greg Paslong. However you can head over to the newest release of the Diversity Magazine where you can read Ava Jhamin’s interview with Nuvelle Aube owner Keith  [ link : https://issuu.com/avajhamin0/docs/diversity_magazine_-_iss5_apr2016 ].

SLurl : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Playa%20de%20Amadores/125/191/24

 

 

 

Monochromatica

Light me up, Something Erotic- props n poses - pic 1

Black commands attention when matched with any color but none more so than its ” opposite” white. It is no wonder that there is an event where black reigns supreme the Black Fashion Fair. Although my clothing is not from the event my crowning glory, this gorgeous braided style from EMO-tions is there ( though of course with huds you have the option to wear a different hair color).

Light me up, Something Erotic- props n poses - pic 3

The pose prop I am showing off is actually at another event, 50 Shades of Lust is where you will find this and a collection of other poses from Something Erotic- props n poses. During the event this item is available at a 25% discount.

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Details:
Body: CATWA HEAD Gwen v4.8
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Skin: Salma, Milky, Gwen Catwa head applier, Lara Hurley
Hair: * JOCELYN *, .:EMO-tions:.  ( @ Black Fashion Fair  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hype/135/64/33   ) 15th – 29th April
Eyes: Charm Eyes – Armor , IKON
Clothing: Goddess Black Velvet Bodysuit MAITREYA, :V.e.
Shoes: Octavia , Patent Shoes ( Metallic add on option) MAITREYA, Similar Shoes
Pose prop: Light me up, Something Erotic- props n poses  ( @ 50 Shades of Lust Fair 2  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vanir/122/129/21 ) 17th April – 6th May

Breath of Spring

Breathe

Hush, Can you hear it?
The rustling in the grass,
Bringing you the welcome news
Winter’s day is past.
Soft, Can you feel it?
The warm caressing breeze,
Telling you the sticky buds
Are bursting on the trees.
Look, Can you see them?
The primrose in the lane,
Now you must believe it –
Spring is here again.

Poem: It Must Be Spring by May Fenn. [ source-  http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/it-must-be-spring%5D

 

Breath of Spring tiara, Zuri Rayna Jewelry, Quinn skin Oceane Body Design

Details:
Body: [GA.EG] Kirsten Mesh Head
Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD V3.5 Lara
Skin: Quinn Mesh Head Applier – Omega Dolce FREX [HUD], Oceane Body Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oceanside%20dAlliez/205/207/22
Eyes:Promise Eyes – Storm, IKON
Hair: Fitted Mesh Hair “Bruna” Amazing pack, =DeLa*=
Clothing: Valentine Dress.Ink, Clef de Peau Outlet
Accessories: Breath of Spring Lavender Orchid & Baby’s Breath, Zuri Rayna http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/196/193/25
*N*YUKIYANAGI ARM L PNK(petal)
*N*YUKIYANAGI ARM R PNK
Foot decor: Riveted Chains , (Gold), [CX]

NB. Photo taken in the garden area outside Oceane Body Design Mainstore : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oceanside%20dAlliez/205/207/22

Epiphany: Love yourself

Love yourself

It’s that time again, the Epiphany event has returned, and it’s as popular as ever !  It’s great that shoppers have access to a neighboring sim for cam shopping, it enabled me to do a little shopping . The gacha event with the option to keep or redeem your “prizes” , this enables you to use the points ( 1 for common item and 3 for a rare) for an exclusive ( 25 points) item. For more information check out the website : http://the-epiphany.com/#. My gorgeous pose prop comes from another gacha event ( SLurl is in the details) and is from Something New- props n poses, contains four sweetly seductive poses.

Details:
Body: Kirsten Mesh Head, [GA.EG]
Maitreya Mesh Body – Hand R V3.5
Skin: Quinn Mesh Head Applier – Omega Bombon [HUD], Oceane Body Design
Hair: Lovely (Solid) – Gingers, Doe ( @ Epiphany)
Eyes: Charm Eyes – Armor, IKON
Clothing: Dress Code Gacha – Shirt Maitreya Black, [Azuchi-Vinyl] ( @ Epiphany)
Aiko Denim Skirt Maitreya, CandyDoll ( @ Epiphany)
Aiko Denim Socks – Maitreya , CandyDoll ( @ Epiphany)
Shoes: EDELWEISS Heels – maitreya, Glamistry
Pose prop: Love yourself, Something New- props n poses ( @ Gacha Good Events ) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockaway%20Shores/193/96/1779

 

Beautiful butterflies

Beautiful butterflies

A moment of solitude can soothe an unsettled soul, and that has been what I have been needing over the last few days. I have ups and downs with my health, like so many people it’s unpredictable, and on the good days it feels like nothing can slow me down , until I run out of energy -which happens all too soon. But on the bad days it can be hard to stay focused on anything. I am not complaining though, just explaining, why my blog patterns can be quite erratic. But I always come back:). There’s just so many creators in SL that inspire me.. with clothing, body enhancements, accessories, jewelry.. poses.. locations – the list goes on and on.

As I went to put the finishing touches on this blog post I discovered I had not made note about where I shot this photo nor what I was wearing, I must have been in a fog when I shot this. I will add more details as I discover them but a basic rundown:

Hair from DeLa, Skin from DeeTaleZ, Eyes from Ikon, Face adornment from Oceane Body Design, skirt and top were both at February round of Uber and are from Vinyl, Shoes are from Hucci.

Blood orchids

Blood Orchid jewelry and tiara by Zuri Rayna, Skin and Makeup Ocean Body Design

Zuri Rayna has released two items this month that look so beautiful together I wanted to show them off. Available in a range of soft spring tones this version called Blood Orchids appealed to me from the start, then when I saw the Bette make up from Oceane ( now available on omega appliers) I just needed to find the right outfit. Dipping into my older folder of clothing I found this gown from Snowpaws, it does come with jewelry but I left that off to leave my orchids as the focus.

Snowpaws dress, EMO-tions hair

Details:
Body: Kirsten Mesh Head, [GA.EG]
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Skin: Quinn Mesh Head Applier – Omega Noce [HUD], Oceane Body Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oceanside%20dAlliez/205/207/22
Hair: * KRISTEN * ,.:EMO-tions:. ( @ Hairology) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waterton%20Way/47/178/2795
Eyes: Spectral eyes , Amber, IKON
Clothing: Illiana Mulberry Sparkle Gown , Snowpaws
Makeup: Bette Lips & Eyeshadows 2 – Omega [HUD], Oceane Body Design
Nailpolish : Maitreya – Galaxy – fingers & toes, Deesses Boutique
Jewelry: Breath of Spring Jeweled Tiara-Blood Orchid, Zuri Rayna Jewelry http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/196/193/25
Blood Orchid, necklace & earrings, Zuri Rayna Jewelry
Location: Nusquam  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nusquam/208/201/24

The same.. but different

With an ever growing variety of mesh heads and an enormous range of skin appliers available for mesh heads, I wanted to take a closer look at the point of individuality. The concern that by wearing a mesh head you will look like everyone else who wears that mesh head is one that stops many people from even trying a demo. As I originally held that opinion and am now a converted mesh head wearer I wanted to share some photos to see whether this is still a valid concern for people- I would love to read any feedback in the comments. Please note my purpose is not to say you should wear a mesh head but rather exploring whether it is possible to attain very individual looks whilst wearing a mesh head.

 

UPDATE : After discussion with Oceane Grumiaux ( of Oceane Body Design) I have taken a closer look at the photos I have shared and what I was trying to show. Though my idea of using the same applier for all heads is on one level appropriate, it does not take into account the different UV maps used for creating the mesh heads which is why there are specific appliers for Catwa mesh heads. This is the case with many skin designers who even specify which mesh head from the Catwa range a skin was made for. Therefore I am updating this post to include a sample of the Catwa applier from the Quinn skin range. I have replaced the original collage and updated the photo below , Candy has been replaced with Jessica showing the Catwa applier, in this way you can compare how it looks in both ways and hopefully can appreciate why there are specific appliers for this range.

Updated collage

The first in this photo series I am using the same Omega applier skin, Quinn in Dolce by Ocean Body Design , on a range of Omega compatible heads. I do also have several other mesh heads that are not Omega compatible at this time ( LeLutka and Fiore) which I will also show in another post.

In this post I wanted to use identical skin, hair, eyes, shape, pose and lighting to highlight how the mesh structure of the heads respond to the applier. Some of the mesh heads do encourage you to use a specially adapted version of your own shape but I noticed that the one I had adapted to work with Catwa mesh heads works pretty well for them all. Although I used the same shape for all pictures, I did need to adjust the eye position but provided you only wear one mesh head regularly you won’t need to do this over and over.

So let’s take a closer look

Slink Visage – Emma

My first step into mesh heads, a cute face but for a while I struggled to find skin appliers that were ” the right fit” for the look I wanted for everyday use

Quinn on mesh heads- Emma, Slink Visage

Catwa- Jessica

Up until recently Jessica has been my favorite everyday mesh head, I still love her. I will mention that this skin is available on Catwa appliers as well as Omega, but I wanted to be consistent with the skin I used.

Quinn on mesh heads- Jessica, Catwa

Catwa- Gwen

A more poutier look, initially Gwen didn’t grab me but the more I have worn her the more I appreciate the sultry shaping to her facial features.

Quinn on mesh heads- Gwen Catwa

Catwa applier on Jessica

 

Catwa applier on Jessica

 

Logo- Chloe

Although the most complicated to put on ( as it comes in a series of parts) there is something that appeals to me about the Logo style.

Quinn on mesh heads- Chloe, Logo

[GA.EG]- Kirsten

This head is my current every day wear mesh head, I love it in this skin line but will start experimenting with other skins in upcoming posts too.

Quinn on mesh heads- Kristen, GA.EG

 

Other details:
Maitreya body
Skin : Omega applier, Quinn , Dolce, Oceane Body Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oceanside%20dAlliez/205/207/22
Eyes: Promise eyes, Mahogany. IKON
Hair: Out of breath, Magika
Hair base, omega applier, EMO-tions – available free as a group gift
Yearbook photo prop, oOo Studio
Linn Top Green, Maitreya, Pixicat ( @ C88)
Windlight: Nam’s Optimal skin and prim
No additional lighting used, only cropping in editing stage.